Over vapor chamber cooling infringement
Virginia-based Convergence Technologies has filed a lawsuit against
Hewlett Packard, Sapphire and Microloops at a Virginia District Court.
The suit alleges that the companies infringed Convergence's patents pertaining to vapor chamber cooling. Steven H. Lee,
Founding President & CEO of Convergence, said that the company was
left no choice, after a Taiwanese court threw out its complaint. Lee
claims that many US companies don't even know they are using Microloops
parts because they are sold through various OEMs, ODMs and distributors.
However, Lee says that Convergence still maintains the right to take
legal action against end users at a later time. He warns that it is
important for the market to follow developments in the case and keep
track of a list of authorized sellers of Convergence products on the
Vapor cooling is currently used in several Sapphire graphics cards
designs, as well as HP blade servers. Convergence claims that it had
discovered critical components used in the cooling concept, a unique
condensate flow requirement and a a Multiwick structure which offers
Convergence coolers superior capabilities.
If the somewhat confusing technology was good enough to be copied, it's probably good enough for consumers, too.